MIT aims to provide the infrastructure and economic opportunity to support a world population of nearly 10 billion by 2050. MIT's social science, arts, and humanities fields contribute to this goal in three primary ways:
Research to Policy
MIT SHASS has a vast research portfolio in Social Innovation — work on political, cultural, historical, and economic factors that inform and guide better public policy across a wide spectrum of issues. MIT's renowned "research to policy" work is the companion of the "lab to impact" work of the STEM fields.
Empowering every MIT student
MIT SHASS faculty also teach every MIT undergraduate. By empowering MIT students with political, economic, cultural, and historical perspectives — as well as skills in critical thinking, languages, and communication — the School increases the capacity of every MIT graduate to serve the world well, innovating across the broad range of humanity's challenges.
Works for the world
In addition, the MIT SHASS faculty regularly generate Works that enter the marketplace, including the marketplace of ideas; these products include books, musical compositions and recordings, operas, concerts and theater performances, and a range of innovative digital products, including: music21, Annotation Studio, Visualizing Cultures, Artbot, Global Shakespeare, and the many games developed in the MIT SHASS Game Lab.
Selected Stories about Innovation